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11 August 2017

En route to Moscow - meet our hub managers

We're sending three UK hub managers to Moscow to join peers from Russia and elsewhere on a unique professional development opportunity.

Creative Enterprise Russia: Creative Hubs is a unique cross-cultural learning and professional development experience taking place this September in a beautiful countryside retreat outside Moscow.

We ran an open call last month for three UK hub managers to join peers from Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and the Western Balkans. We're delighted to announce the selected UK participants - Clare Halstead from Colonnade House, Worthing, Dan Spain from Rabble Studio, Cardiff and Rachael Campbell-Palmer of The Black Box, Belfast.

Clare Halstead has been a creative project manager for over twenty years with extensive experience of working in partnership with artists, cultural organisations and the wider creative industry sector. She has worked at a senior management level, and as an arts practitioner, facilitator and event organiser. Colonnade House in Worthing has two thriving gallery spaces for hire and ten studio spaces for rent to people working in the creative industries.  Clare says, "A traditional seaside town, Worthing is undergoing a change as younger people and families move here from Brighton and London seeking affordable housing and a better quality of life. Worthing is listed by Nesta in their mapping of creative clusters across the UK, but creative businesses still struggle to find affordable and suitable workspace in the town. Colonnade House provides studio spaces at affordable rents but also offers that other essential element of a creative community by supporting its tenants and providing a hub for the wider creative community of Worthing."

Dan Spain is the founder of Rabble Studio, an independent co-working studio based in Cardiff, Wales. Dan is also a freelance designer & illustrator who spends most of his days creating graphics, brands and websites for some cool people.  Rabble Studio is home to a mix of creative characters with complementary skills: designers, filmmakers, web developers, photographers, illustrators, producers, writers, marketers and more, all sharing their advice, expertise and favourite GIFs under one lofty Victorian roof in Cardiff Bay.  Dan says Rabble is for "people who want to collaborate and do amazing things, nice humans who see value in working collectively, who love what they do, start new conversations and take their side projects seriously."

Rachael Campbell-Palmer is Director of The Black Box, an alternative multi-arts venue located in Belfast's historical Cathedral Quarter. She has over ten years experience coordinating and facilitating a wide range of projects and events including community based arts and outreach programmings.  The Black Box presents exciting, grassroots and radical work from across the sectors and has ambitons to develop further as a facility that accommodates independent creative businesses, has a trading arm and a social enterprise by means of a bar & cafe and a dedicated outreach space.  Rachael says, "We would like to continue to be cutting edge, alternative and weird and be an example of best practice in terms of policy, practice and as an example of a successful, sustainable business model for arts organizations."

Creative Enterprise Russia: Creative Hubs takes place September 3 - 8.  The workshop is based on the Creative Enterprise Programme – a three-day programme developed by Nesta and the British Council which covers all the stages of setting up your own creative enterprise, and the Creative HubKit – a manual written in collaboration with Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee.